At 6 feet 9 and 215 pounds, rookie Devin Ebanks has got some size, but he also has mobility and an outside shot, drawing comparisions to former Laker Trevor Ariza. (The Times' Broderick Turner wrote in July 2010 that the two are even similar in appearance.)
Ebanks appeared in 20 games off the bench for the Lakers during the 2010-11 season. He scored a career-high nine points against the Clippers on Dec. 3 and had seven points and five rebounds against Golden State on Nov. 21.
But the small forward showed definite promise during Summer League play in Las Vegas, averaging 15 points and 3.6 rebounds per game and shooting 42.5% from the field and 45.4% from three-point range.
Ebanks led West Virginia in rebounding both of his seasons with the team (7.8 as a freshman and 8.1 as a sophomore). In 2008-09, he averaged 12.0 points per game, 2.4 assists and 1.1 steals in helping the Mountaineers compile a school-record 31 victories and advance to the Final Four.
He averaged 23 points, 10 rebounds and five assists per game as a senior at St. Thomas More High in Oakdale, Conn.
March 22, 2012